Course 1: TAVR/TEVAR, Guidewires, and Sheaths

Course Directors: Michael P. Fischbein, Stanford, CA, and Wilson Y. Szeto, Philadelphia, PA

COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS   M.Fischbein: None; W. Szeto: Consultant/Advisory Board, Micro Interventional Devices, Inc.; Research Grant, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, Medtronic, Inc., SORIN GROUP

New wire skills are required for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). This course will introduce attendees to wires, catheters, and novel endovascular techniques for the treatment of aortic stenosis and thoracic aortic disease. The hands-on lab experience will provide participants with the opportunity to either practice or observe an expert perform a variety of procedures utilizing the latest technology, including transfemoral, direct aortic, left subclavian, and transapical TAVR, as well as all aspects of TEVAR.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Compare techniques for transfemoral, direct aortic, subclavian artery, and TAVR
  • Classify the techniques required to expertly perform TEVAR and practice the implant procedure with consideration of technical pitfalls
  • Compare and appraise techniques with different wires and catheters used to perform TAVR and TEVAR


Please watch the video below containing background information and lecture materials associated with this course.

Please note: No CME credit is associated with the viewing of web-based content. This presentation was created for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS University courses, and STS retains sole rights to these materials.